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Salt in Brewing?

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NewBee
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We use salt in all kinds of food and drinks to enhance flavors, but I haven't seen any wisdom regarding salting brewed items like beer, wine, or mead (mead is what I'm primarily working on).

I'm not looking for a salty, briny mead, I just want know if there's a reasonable amount of salt I could add that could enhance the flavors in my mead(s).

Does anyone have any experience adding a touch of salt that could add their two cents? Amount of salt per gallon, etc?

For context, I'm working on a very small basis, one gallon at a time.
 

darigoni

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You wouldn’t want to add it until after the fermentation is done, as the yeast would not like it.

 

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You wouldn’t want to add it until after the fermentation is done, as the yeast would not like it.

Right, I would probably add it after secondary fermentation and/or right before bottling along with any sweetener, if I choose to sweeten
 

ckroyce124

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I have used it in a couple melomels where the fruit was very tart and had a bit more bitterness than I wanted. (One was Andean blackberry and one was maracuya passion fruit) Before doing this the pH and sweetness was adjusted to the level suited to the flavor of the fruit. I bench tasted carrying amounts and found it took very little to do what I wanted, which was to enhance flavor and temper the bite. If you go over that level the salt can overwhelm it at a surprisingly small dose and you can't take it out. Both those fruits are intense and I think I landed at 2 grams per gallon on the Andean blackberry and 3 grams/gallon on the maracuya.
 
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